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Help! I am a Long-Distance Grandma

July 27, 2017
Help, I am a Long-Distance Grandparent, Guest blog by Deborah Haddix Our daughters had each been married for a couple of years when it happened. One of them called from her home two hours away to announce that my husband and I were going to become grandparents. From the moment I hung up that phone, I began to imagine this new relationship. Of course, I was going to be the coolest grandmother on the planet and this child, and I was going to have something extraordinary. The months passed, and our first granddaughter was born in early December. We were there for the birth. We were there the following weekend to help and to see our precious grandbaby again. The next thing we knew, it was Christmastime, and all of our family was gathering at our home for the holidays. Aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents were meeting this little one for the very first time. It was an all-too-rare time of family togetherness. That special Christmas we even experienced a massive snow storm that snowed everyone in for a couple of extra days. It was a wonderful, family-filled December but as the month ended, the snow cleared. Everyone went home. Next came January, then February. It did not take long once those cold, dreary months settled in for reality to also settle. While we had been able to spend most of December with our family, weather conditions and busy schedules meant neither family was making the two-hour trip back and forth very often. During those lonely months, it hit. I began to comprehend — the images I had created around this new and extraordinary relationship were not going to be my reality. As I thought about this, I realized that my image making had been based on a model that was dear to me: my mother’s relationship with my children. My mother lived in our same town, fifteen minutes away. She had been involved in the daily lives of my children from the day they were born: school functions, sporting events, lunch outings on school holidays, and slumber parties complete with movies, popcorn, and games. This was not my reality. I lived about two hours away from my grandchild. Daily interaction, even weekly, was not possible. I was a long-distance grandmother! Still dealing privately with this very depressing fact, we received yet another phone call – from our other daughter. Yes. She was expecting our second grandchild. As if two hours distance wasn’t bad enough, with this call we were looking at ten! My husband and I immediately began investigating different travel options in hopes of finding something that would get us there quickly when it came time for the birth. The distance of each of our homes from nearby airports meant air travel was no quicker than driving. So driving was the choice. Needless to say, we didn’t make that birth. We got the call around 10:00 PM, jumped immediately into the car and drove all night. Our grandson was

Do you see the urgent need for Praying Grandparents?

July 24, 2017
These children need grandparents to be intentional about the power of prayer to keep the hearts and minds of their grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception. We are engaged in a spiritual battle. You will hear why there is an urgent need for grandparents to intentionally pray for their grandchildren as you listen to this short video by Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network. Go to www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com to listen to the video and learn how you can be a part of the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10, 2017. Will you join grandparents throughout the world to make the National Grandparents Day a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents? Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net          

Has your Computer been Hacked?

July 21, 2017
It seems like our social media, financial, and email accounts get hacked now and then. When that happens, we change our passwords to protect our privacy since we don’t want intruders to have access to our accounts. Passwords protect our accounts. I recently heard a message that spoke to my heart about guarding my heart just as I protect my Internet accounts. We read in God’s Word that we are to guard our hearts. In Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”  Don’t let the enemy hack your heart. How Do We Guard Our Hearts? We can protect, defend, and shield our hearts from Satan by developing an intimate relationship with God. Paul tells us “Set your hearts on things above . . . Not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1, 2) The enemy wants to rob our hearts; he tries to get us overwhelmed, defeated, tired and so busy that when God wants to get our attention, His call goes to “voice mail.” As grandparents, we can set an example by demonstrating that our relationship with God is a high priority for us. We must guard our hearts because God valued our hearts and the hearts of our grandchildren and their parents so much that He sent His Son, Jesus into the world to die on the cross for our sins. Do you have a password to guard your heart against the distractions and business of your life? My favorite password is Joshua 1:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When the enemy tries to hack my heart, I claim my password. Do you have a password to keep your heart from being hacked, if you don’t have one already? If we as grandparents guard our hearts, we will have a part in nourishing the hearts of our dear grandchildren by our example. Our grandchildren need grandparents who will model how they guard their hearts. Our grandchildren are living in the midst of a cultural and spiritual battle; a brutal and vicious war against a subtle and friendly enemy (Satan) who knows his time is short. We have a responsibility to pray for them and encourage them to guard their hearts. Don’t let the enemy rob your heart; he tries to get you overwhelmed, defeated, tired and so busy that when God wants to get your attention, His call goes to “voice mail.” Spend time in His Word. Don’t forget your password when you need to guard your heart against your busy schedule and you don’t have a chance to cover your grandchildren and their parents in prayer. This is the reason Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. Sunday, September 10, 2017, is the National Grandparents’’ Day in the United States but we are asking grandparents throughout the world to join us. If you cannot schedule an event on that day do it sometime in September when

  Do my Grandparents Pray for me?

July 16, 2017
  Do my grandparents pray for me? Sometimes, I sit and wonder if my grandparents pray for me. I know they love me but do they pray for me? I don’t remember Grandpa and Grandma saying, “I pray for you.” I don’t think they pray for me. They tell me they love me, but I wish they would say “I pray for you.” Make sure you tell your grandchildren, so they know you are praying for them. “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” I Samuel 12:23.  By Lillian Penner                                            

Learn how Prayer is the Greatest Gift you can give your Family

July 12, 2017
During the summer, many grandparents vacation with their grandchildren. It is an excellent opportunity to spend extra time with the possibility of quality interaction. Now imagine you are camping with your grandchildren in the mountains. You have cooked your campfire stew for dinner, and you are relaxing around the campfire beside a big lake. It is perfectly still; there is no wind. The lake is a mirror reflecting a beautiful sunset. Sticky-fingered grandchildren delight in eating their s’mores while skipping stones across the lake’s glassy surface. The grandchildren are enthralled seeing who can make the biggest ripples. Grandpa tells Grandma, “Just as the kids are making ripples in the water with the rocks, we can make ripples in the lives of our grandchildren with our prayers.” Our prayers for our grandchildren to invite Jesus Christ into other lives and to walk with Him throughout their lives will have a ripple effect on their families, friends, their world, and their future. Another way we as grandparents can have a ripple effect on the lives of our grandchildren is by the way we live our lives, investing time, energy, and effort in our spiritual walk with the Him, our example will have a ripple effect on our children, grandchildren, and future generations. My Great-grandfather’s Prayer I found a letter in my family archives written by my great-grandfather in Poland, addressed to my grandfather who had immigrated to America. In the letter, he wrote that he was praying for my grandpa and his future generations. It was a special blessing for me to see in writing that my great-grandfather prayed for me before I was born. His prayers had a ripple effect on my grandparents, my parents, my life, my children, my grandchildren and now my great-grandchildren. My Grandmother’s Faith When I was a young woman, I had many opportunities to visit my lonely, widowed grandmother while I attended college in her hometown. As she grieved my grandfather’s death, she reflected her trust in God to care for her and showed how God sustained her each day by claiming the promise Jesus gave His disciples after His resurrection. “And be sure of this, I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20). My grandmother’s reflection of her faith that God would always be there for her made a great impact on my life. Her testimony influenced me to incorporate that verse into the daily experiences of my life. Since those early adult years, whenever life has been painful, disappointing, or downright discouraging, I have claimed that same scripture verse. My prayer is that I will have opportunities to reflect my life experiences of trusting God to my children and grandchildren. Note from Granddaughter I want to share a letter written my oldest granddaughter, a confirmation that praying for these precious grandchildren is never a wasted effort. “Your phone calls, cards, and emails were encouraging and made a significant impact on my life, especially in my teenage and college years. Your prayers and encouragement have been

Have you Heard of the Legacy Grandparenting Summit?

July 10, 2017
My husband and I are planning to attend the Legacy Grandparenting Summit again this year. It was an awesome experience to hear the great speakers challenging us to be spiritually and intentionally influence our grandchildren to love and walk with Jesus. In this blog, I want to inform you about the Grandparenting Summit and hope you will join us in Rockwall, Texas to be a part of this event. You are probably thinking “What is a Legacy Grandparenting Summit? The Legacy Grandparenting Summit is a national conference for today’s Christian grandparents who want to be inspired and equipped to pass their faith on to their grandchildren.  Why would grandparents want to attend the Summit? Grandparents play a unique and profoundly influential role in the lives of grandchildren—second only to parents—yet they are one of the most underserved groups in the church. Today’s grandparents don’t consider themselves to be “seniors” in the traditional sense. They are healthier and more vital than any other generation of grandparents in history. 21st Century grandparents are just as likely to be rocking to their favorite tunes as they are to be rocking in their favorite chairs. Now in its second year, the Legacy Grandparenting Summit has been designed to equip and encourage this generation of active grandparents to stay connected and involved with their grandchildren in positive and powerful ways. Through nationally known speakers, breakout workshops and an extensive resource center you’ll find encouragement, teaching, and inspiration. Who should attend the Grandparenting Summit? Grandparents: If you are a grandparent, you will find inspiration, ideas and an amazing display of resources to help you realize your potential to grandparent successfully. Church Leaders: If you are a pastor or adult ministries leader, learn how your church can reach out to grandparents and provide them with the encouragement and resources they need. There will be breakout sessions, especially for church leaders! This year’s Summit will be November 2-4 at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX. Register now to reserve your place! Space is limited so register early! Group discounts are available. Learn more about The Legacy Coalition at our website https://legacycoalition.com “…teach them to your children and your grandchildren.” — Deuteronomy 4:9 NKJV By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net